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Roberts case – a summary

The name of this case may seem familiar; perhaps too familiar given the time it usually takes for matters to proceed through our court system. However, you’d be right. This is the third preliminary issue in the matter of Harry Roberts (a minor and a protected party by his mother and litigation friend Mrs Lauren […]

Covid-19: Duties of Guernsey directors

As companies continue to adjust to operating under the various regimes put in place by both the States of Guernsey and governments globally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and even now look forward to how and when restrictions may be eased, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (the GFSC) has issued guidance on matters they believe directors should give particular regard to when undertaking their role.

Retrospective submission of a contract of sale

On 8 May, 2020, the Supreme Court of Cyprus delivered its much-awaited judgement in the context of the appeal 68/19 (Appeal), granting leave for the submission of an application for the issuance of a Certiorari, a prerogative writ.

Covid-19 litigation update

New Practice Direction 51ZA Extension of Time Limits and Clarification of PD51Y Almost three weeks ago saw the publication of the 118th Practice Direction Update to the Civil Procedure Rules. This new practice direction, namely practice Direction 51ZA, sought to revise the usual procedures for the extension of time limits and to provide clarification on […]


In brief: KPMG on the acquisition prowl, says Rake

KPMG’s new senior partner Mike Rake, elected last week, has reaffirmed his firm’s determination to acquire a leading law firm. The Lawyer revealed a year ago that KPMG had been talking to Eversheds and Norton Rose. At the time, then senior partner Colin Sharman told The Lawyer that the firm was almost certain to link […]

Scottish firms stand out from flock in Dolly deal

SCOTTISH firms Wright Johnstone & Mackenzie and McGrigor Donald have shown that biotechnology companies north of the border do not have to go to London for cutting edge intellectual property advice. The firms advised research organisation the Roslin Institute and 3i on how best to commercially exploit the techniques developed by the institute to create […]

Shipping insurers complain over costs

AN INTERNATIONAL group of ship owners has accused the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association (LMAA) of inconsistencies in the way it awards costs during mediation disputes. The Swedish Club, a mutual insurance group for ship owners, claims the problem could threaten London’s position as the first choice dispute resolution centre for international ship owners. The London-based […]

Litigation Personal Injury 28/04/98

Newbury v Bath District Health Authority – QBD 21 January 1998 Claimant: Sandra Newbury, 48 Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claimant, formerly an active woman who enjoyed country walking and cycling and who was assistant manager of a firm of contract cleaners, suffered increasing back pain during the late 1980s. By the end of 1988 she […]

Discrimination & privacy. A third sex ruled out by tribunal

Transsexuals who are treated equally to members of their original sex cannot claim ‘discrimination’, writes Ruth Bamforth. Ruth Bamforth is a barrister at the DSS solicitor’s office. Views expressed are the author’s own. A recent industrial tribunal case has examined whether an occupational rule that a pension scheme that allows a survivor’s benefits to be […]

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